Create and illustrate your own story book.

I have been missing in action due to the fact that Joe, my husband, has had surgery on his left hand and wrist due to Carpul Tunnel Syndrome.  He had the surgery a week ago Thursday and I  have been acting as “Nurse”.

Joe's stitches

Joe’s stitches

During the time I was tending to him and in close proximity to his recliner I took advantage of the few moments between being Nurse and “gofer” to play with a desktop publishing software I have on my computer.

Here is the set up.  One of our daughter’s birthday is in April.  I am making a “book” for her.  For those of you, out there in the “World Wide Webs”, that have older children or have raised your children into adulthood can remember the times when you were not quite so sure  your parenting skills were keen enough to raise children.  You hoped your children would be healthy, self reliant, and have good common sense even though you screwed up a bazillion times and have many regrets.  Maybe I should rephrase that.  I worried that I had screwed up our kids….

This book I am making is to give Tiffany a boost in her self confidence for the job she is doing with her little boy.  He knows he is loved by his extended family and he can trust the adults that surround him.  That is no small feat with all the looney toons that populate our communities and families.

There will be several blog posts regarding this book.  At this point I have 78 photos to share in the process of making this….and I’m about half way finished at this point.  I don’t think you want to sit for several hours going through what I’ve done so far.  There are a lot of steps involved in this project.

I will share some snippets of my progress to get your mind working and thinking about how you can change your “Mini Album” perspectives and play with self publishing on a very small scale.

Most people have a Desktop Publishing Software on their computers.  I use a Mac and the software I use is THE PRINT SHOP.  My software is old, and I mean OLD.   I haven’t updated it since I bought it in 2004.  Can you tell that I don’t use it?

Anyway, I thought I would knock the dust off of it and give it a try.

NOTE:  If you think this project is intriguing and you would like to attempt this….and have very little experience with any Desktop Publishing you may want to stick with shapes that are easy to get text to appear in the shapes.  Trust me on this.

The following is the “Story” for the book.  I have used many circles and squares with an arrow or two in for good measure.  I printed my pages on Wausau Exacto Index 110 pound paper.  I purchased a ream of paper from my local office supply store.  I don’t know how the paper weight will translate to metric equivalents for the Europeans and Canadians.  Just some heavy weight printer paper.

Story page 1

Story page 1

Story page 2

Story page 2

Story page 3

Story page 3

Story page 4

Story page 4

Here are a couple pages from the book I am creating so you can see how I’m using the shapes and some sweet photos of my adorable grandson.

 

Assigning text shapes to photos

Assigning text shapes to photos

Photos to go with the text shapes

Photos to go with the text shapes

Laying the text shapes and photos out on a book back

Laying the text shapes and photos out on a book back

Testing the photos on the book back

Testing the photos on the book back

In the coming days I will be showing you how I am making this book come together.  Using chipboard to mount all the elements and create the book back and front.  I have yet to decide if I want a gate fold front or just a single front piece.

I may be a bit sporadic in keeping up with this blog.  Joe has good days where I am at his mercy.  He has some projects he wants to do with some power tools and I get to be the one assembling these tools.

What the heck am I doing?

What the heck am I doing?

Assembling a Drill Press

Assembling a Drill Press

He can’t lift more than 4 pounds…..I, however, don’t have any such restrictions :/

Leslie

Poker photo shoot

Sounds more glamorous than it is.  I’m not the world’s best photographer but I did get some pretty good shots.  Some artistic but mostly fun.  I had a blast, and from the comments after a steak dinner (bribery to get them over) they all had fun as well and are wanting to do it all over again.

Joe….and I think I’m the one that needs all the attention :D….came dressed for the poker shoot.  He tinkled and dinged during play 😀

Joe in his Jester Hat

Joe in his Jester Hat

John Paul came over first.  He was ready and willing to be a part of the evening 😀

John Paul

John Paul

Hugh followed several minutes later.  Don’t you just hate it when you get a person’s face in mid blink?

Hugh

Hugh

Heather was the last to arrive.

Heather

Heather

I took over 175 shots of the few hours these guys played.  It was really fun listening to them and watching them.  It was even fun lurking over their shoulders with my camera to get some of the shots.  I bet they were so very glad when I said I was done 😀

Over Heather’s shoulder looking at her hand and John Paul across the table.

Over Heather's shoulder

Over Heather's shoulder

Then I went across the table and hovered over John Paul.

Over John Paul's shoulder

Over John Paul's shoulder

Down in front of Hugh’s chest to look across the table.

In front of Hugh

In front of Hugh

Then across the table from Joe looking toward Hugh.

In front of Joe

In front of Joe

I had an opportunity to peek between Joe’s Jester floppy things.  I had to tell him – forcefully – to sit still.  He kept moving about and asking “What are you doing?”

Looking through the Jester Hat

Looking through the Jester Hat

Then Hugh got the same treatment.  See, I was all over everyone.  Breathing down their necks 😀

Over Hugh's shoulder

Over Hugh's shoulder

John Paul was the first to win the pot.  Not a big one but he did get a win in.

John Paul wins the first pot

John Paul wins the first pot

Heather won the second pot.  She was so red faced everyone was laughing at how embarrassed she was 😀

Heather won the second pot

Heather won the second pot

Heather won with this hand.  Quite a doozey 😀  Read em’ and weep!

Heather's winning hand

Heather's winning hand

This was Joe’s reaction to seeing the cards Heather laid down.  He thought he had this hand….I guess his face tells the story.  You want to talk about a “Tell” 😀

Joe's reaction to Heather's winning hand

Joe's reaction to Heather's winning hand

Hugh won the next pot.  I could not get these three to ham it up for anything.  There was a lot of laughter anyway and that is the most important part.

Hugh won the third pot

Hugh won the third pot

Things took a turn in the next hand.  John Paul upped the ante and went ALL IN 😀  He was pushing chips to the center 😀

John Paul went ALL IN

John Paul went ALL IN

Then Joe decided to do it, too.  He pushed in everything he had 😀  This was a good thing because Tim had asked for some shots of money, a watch, and whatever else.

Joe went ALL IN

Joe went ALL IN

Joe finally won a pot.  What a ham 😀  Well, I have myself to blame for this because I kept egging the others on to make a big show of it 😀  I’m glad that Joe plays along with my foolishness 😀

Joe finally won the pot

Joe finally won the pot

After that win Joe had to go out and tend to the barbeque grill and get it heated up for the steaks.  While he was out doing that Hugh, John Paul, and Heather gathered up all the chips and spent a while sorting and stacking them.  The chips were redistributed and when Joe came back in the play began once again.

All in all, we had a great time.  I got a lot of good shots to use on Tim’s Poker holders.  Dinner with our neighbors was great.  Sitting around a table and enjoying good food, laughter, and great conversation.  There is no better thing in life than this.

All I have to say is….”Am I blessed or what?”

Have a great week everyone.

 

Altered Photo Frame

I took the weekend off from my “day job” paperwork to do some SERIOUS work instead.

In Lebanon, Missouri on I-44 at exit 127 is a discount store – Shepherd Hills – we stop at every time we are on that stretch of highway.  I find bargains there for my crafting as well as really good deals on Chicago Cutlery kitchen knives and OXO kitchen tools.  Our most recent trip I picked up some really good solid wood picture frames.

Wood picture frame

Wood picture frame

Can’t beat the price at $2.55 and I bought three of them.

The people we rely on to keep us working are barged in on and expected to perform at, virtually, a moments notice.  Our poor vehicle mechanics are just one of the professionals we rely on.  A call to their shop to give a heads up on when we plan on being home and for how long, then a phone consultation on the vehicle problem.  Day of arrival at the shop is always hectic with several vehicles way ahead in line before us.  These guys always manage to get us in and out right away.

As a way of showing our appreciation for the work they do and how they don’t put us off for some other day that is more convenient for them I have created a clock.

This project is pretty simple.  I went to a local glass place to have a 3/8 hole drilled in the piece of glass on the picture frame.  They tried it with their glass and it broke in half so I scrapped that idea.  I had Joe cut an 8 x 10 piece of wood I’ve had in my craft room closet for a number of years.  A bit of acrylic paint, some appropriately themed vintage pictures, and photos of Joe’s tools, along with the clock work pieces I spent the weekend creating this piece.

Give this a try with your own photos and favorite scrapbook papers and embellishments.  I’ve made a YouTube video of the process I went through.  Hope this sparks your creative process.  Maybe create a clock for your craft room or make a gift for someone you care about and appreciate.

Happy crafting – Leslie